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2010-2011

THE LEAN YEARS P+ARG Conference

Infrastructure, Dwelling, and Sustenance
03/19/11
Rackham Ampitheatre, 4th Floor
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Lean Years is an interdisciplinary conference and design exhibit organized by the Planning + Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. The exhibit opens March 11, 2011 and will run through the conference, which takes place at The University of Michigan campus on March 18-19, 2011.

This combined event will provide an opportunity to bridge current economic conditions with overarching issues of urban form, housing, natural resources, culture, and justice. For the majority of the planet’s population, these are lean years, but they serve to bring both ecological limits and structural inequalities into sharper focus. Along with the conference, the exhibit is especially interested in exploring alternative design strategies and policies that foster community empowerment, innovation, and adaptation.

In addition to the traditional presentation of papers accepted on the basis of an abstract, this is the first P+ARG conference that will also accept visual art and media submissions for a parallel gallery show. Visit THE LEAN YEARS event blog, for more information. Click here to RSVP.

The Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) seeks to improve understanding of the social and environmental processes that contribute to and result from current economic conditions through an interdisciplinary conference on March 18th and 19th , 2011. While media attention has focused narrowly on bank practices, housing market volatility, and foreclosures, this academic forum provides an opportunity to tie these to overarching issues of urban form, natural resource use, culture, and justice. For the majority of the planet's population, these are lean years, but they serve to bring both ecological limits and structural inequalities into sharper focus. We are thus especially interested in exploring alternative strategies and policies that foster community empowerment, innovation, and adaptation.

Questions? Please contact theleanyears@umich.edu.


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